Paula Catherine Brooks, 67, homemaker, MICA teacher

October 17, 2003

Paula Catherine Brooks, a homemaker and retired fashion illustration instructor, died of a brain tumor Oct. 10 at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Towson resident was 67.

Born Paula DiGiorgio in Wenatchee, Wash., where her father managed family-owned apple orchards, she moved to Towson and was a 1954 graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School. She earned a degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she later taught fashion illustration.

In 1957, she married Raphael Owens Brooks Jr., who retired several years ago as an independent insurance agent.

Mrs. Brooks played golf at the Country Club of Maryland.

She was a member, youth counselor and teacher at the World Wide Church of God in Cockeysville.

Services are private.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include six sons, Michael Owens Brooks of Glen Arm, Raphael Owens Brooks III of Forest Hill, Paul Joseph Brooks of Fallston, Benjamin Joseph Brooks of Hampstead, David Arthur Brooks of Mullica Hill, N.J., and Joseph White Brooks of Melbourne, Australia; two daughters, Catherine Ellen Brooks Dunlap of Kennesaw, Ga., and Sally DiGiorgio Brooks Niedenthal of Eureka, Mo.; a brother, Joseph Brun DiGiorgio of Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, Carmella Hilte of Towson; and 28 grandchildren.

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